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Our Story

It began with inspiration.

A background in design, appreciation for quality, passion for leather crafting and love for authenticity. Those are the key elements that brought us together and inspired what is now known to be Cozy.

We started out as a group of watch enthusiasts with a desire for creating the perfect watch straps using high-quality, authentic materials. This hobby led to creating small leather accessories for our personal use or as gift for family and friends.

Passion and inspiration are manifested in each of our personalised creations. All our leather goods are completely crafted by adept hands – from cutting to stitching – while staying true to our brand philosophy of producing elegant, minimalist, functional and durable leather goods.

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Our Leather

Sourced from Tuscany

Tuscany, a region in central Italy, is well known for its unique tradition and prized knowledge of producing high quality leather. And that is why we source our vegetable tanned leather from a trusted tannery in Tuscany, to ensure the finest quality and authenticity. We use high-grade, vegetable tanned leather imported straight from one of the associated tanneries of Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather). The Consorzio safeguards, guarantees and preserves the vegetable tanned leather produced in Tuscany.

Tanned to Perfection

The tanning process is a remarkable progression using natural tannins extracted from trees. By means of modern technology, machineries, ancient recipes and the slow passing of time, tanning changes animal hide into tough, enduring, and chemically-stable leather. How the process is carried out determines the quality of the leather.

Vegetable tanning is an artisan tradition spanning centuries, as opposed to the relatively new chrome tanning process which uses chemicals and is commonly used for the mass production of leather goods. To this very day, vegetable tanning remains the most traditional – and the only method ever able to give leather its unique durable characteristics without compromising comfort and uniqueness. A craft that requires precision, skill and patience, the vegetable tanning process uses tannin, the core ingredient that transforms animal hide into a compact, durable and resilient material. The tannin extracts give vegetable tanned leather its distinct, distinguishable properties. And it is the rich colours of tannins that bequeath leather its warm, brilliant shade.

Natural and Environmentally Friendly

A natural method, vegetable tanned leather is ethical – no animal is killed for its skin. The raw hides used by Consorzio’s tanneries are by-products of food manufacturers that produce meat for human consumption. It does not contain toxic substances such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI, and is safe for individuals with allergies to metal.

Vegetable tanned leather is environmentally friendly. Vegetable tanned leather goods and handicrafts can be discarded and degrade naturally due to its chemical-biological properties. Alternatively, waste recycling and depuration systems invested in by the Consorzio’s tanneries ensure that the environment remains sacred and respected.

Vegetable Tanned Leather

As vegetable tanned leather ages, its warm, brilliant colour intensifies; yet its resistance remains the same. Although the leather reveals the signs of time and wear, it is the most astute expression of truth and authenticity.

Vegetable tanned leather has remarkable ageing quality. It absorbs traces of our lives – and oil from our skin, dirt, moisture, exposure to sunlight and heat will eventually lead to development of natural patina with a beautiful glossy sheen. The degree of patina developed will depend on how the leather product is used. The spot where it is touched or rubbed the most will often acquire darker hues more rapidly than other areas.

Imperfections such as wrinkles, distinct scratches or marks may be visible on our vegetable tanned leather products. This is not at all a cause for concern. In fact, those are the natural characteristics of full grain leather of the highest grade that you can get.

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Aged Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Vs New Veg Tanned Leather - Cozy Handmade
Aged with paitna (Left), and new unused leather (Right)

Picture shows a comparison of an aged Tuscany vegetable-tanned leather with patina (Left) and a new unused Tuscany vegetable-tanned leather (Right).

Every Piece is Unique

A handicraft made of Tuscan vegetable tanned leather means that you are choosing a special, one-off good that reflects your own individuality. No vegetable tanned leather looks like any other. Combined with our own meticulous craftsmanship, you are guaranteed to own a custom-made leather product as inimitable as you are.

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